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SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH
Scottish philosopher, author, orator and statesman
(1765 - 1832)

A vice utterly at variance with the happiness of him who harbors it, and, as such, condemned by self-love.
      - [Selfishness]

As the mind of Johnson was robust, but neither nimble nor graceful, so his style was void of all grace and ease, and, being the most unlike of all styles to the natural effusion of a cultivated mind, had the least pretension to the praise of eloquence.
      - [Style]

Disciplined inaction.
      - [Idleness]

Every fiction since Homer has taught friendship, patriotism, generosity, contempt of death. These are the highest virtues; and the fictions which taught them were therefore of the highest, though not of unmixed, utility.
      - [Fiction]

It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are.
      - [Contentment]

Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations.
      - quoted on the title page of Broom's "Legal Maxims"
        [Proverbs (General)]

Men are never so good or so bad as their opinions.
      - [Opinion]

Praise is the symbol which represents sympathy, and which the mind insensibly substitutes for its recollection and language.
      - [Praise]

The feminine graces of Madame de Sevigne's genius are exquisitely charming; but the philosophy and eloquence of Madame de Stael are above the distinction of sex.
      - [Grace]

The wealth of society is its stock of productive labor.
      - [Wealth]

Those who differ most from the opinions of their fellow-men are the most confident of the troth of their own.
      - [Conceit : Dogmatism]

Whatever is popular deserves attention.
      - [Popularity]

The frivolous work of polished idleness.
      - Dissertation on Ethical Philosophy--Remarks on Thomas Brown
        [Idleness]

Diffused knowledge immortalizes itself.
      - Vindicioe Gallicoe [Knowledge]

Masterly inactivity.
      - Vindicioe Gallicoe,
        probably from "Strenua inertia", Horace "Epistles", XI, 28
        [Policy]

The Commons, faithful to their system, remained in a wise and masterly inactivity.
      - Vindicioe Gallicoe (sec. I) [Government]


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